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US warship arrives in Plymouth for five day visit

Navy rocket destroyer USS Jason Dunham has arrived in Plymouth. Credit: Michal Fludra / Demotix / PA Images

The USS Jason Dunham has arrived for a five day visit to Plymouth.

The 300 strong crew on board are planning visits to Plymouth's Mayflower Steps and Stonehenge while they're in the UK.

The ship is on her way home from a major exercise in the Baltic which also involved the Devonport based commando assault ship, HMS Ocean.

She is named after a US Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honour posthumously for saving the lives of his colleagues in Iraq.

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'He was my best friend': Widow of Bodmin man killed in Tunisia pays tribute at funeral

Stephen Mellor's last act was to try to shield his wife from gunfire. Credit: ITV News

A widow whose husband died trying to protect her from gunfire in Tunisia says he was the best thing that happened in her life.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor from Bodmin was shot on a beach near Sousse, in an attack which saw 38 people killed.

Cheryl Mellor's eulogy to her husband was read out at the service. Credit: ITV News

Today his wife Cheryl - who is still recovering from her injuries - was finally able to pay tribute to her husband at his funeral, in a eulogy written from her hospital bed.

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The church was packed with mourners there to honour the life of Stephen Mellor. Credit: ITV News

Claire Manning has this report from Bodmin.

Tunisia funeral: "None of us are too far away from violence"

The funeral has been taking place of Stephen Mellor who was killed in the Tunisia massacre Credit: SWNS

The funeral of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia massacre has been taking place in his home town of Bodmin.

Stephen Mellor died while trying to protect his wife Cheryl. She lost her hand in the attack. The service will be held at St Petroc's Church.

ITV spoke to the minister, Revd Canon Graham Minors, before the service, who told us:

"It's made us all realise here in Bodmin that none of us are too far away from terrorism and violence in the world".

Funeral taking place of Tunisia victim from Cornwall

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The funeral is taking place later this morning of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the tourist massacre in Tunisia.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died while trying to protect his wife Cheryl. She lost her hand in the attack. The service is being held at St Petroc's Church.

It's made us all realise here in Bodmin that none of us are too far away from terrorism and violence in the world and I wouldn't say it was a wake up call but it's made us realise that we are living in a small world and this little part of Cornwall where we are now has been caught up in what has happened in Tunisia.

– Revd Canon Graham Minors, St Petroc's Church

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Funeral of Cornwall man killed in Tunisia will take place next week

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl. Credit: SWNS

The funeral of Stephen Mellor who was killed in Tunisia last month, is due to take place on Tuesday next week at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin.

The 59-year-old engineer from Cornwall was on holiday with his wife, Cheryl when the attack happened, he died whilst trying to shield her from gunfire.

Cheryl, who lost her hand and suffered severe gunshot wounds, is being treated for her injuries at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

An inquest into Stephen's death has been opened and adjourned in London.

Permanent memorial to victims of Tunisia shootings

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The family of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia shootings will be consulted about the design and location of a new memorial.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl from gunfire in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse just over a week ago.

The Prime Minister announced a permanent memorial to all of the victims will be created.

David Cameron also said a special service will be held in the autumn dedicated to all those caught up in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.

Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity.

It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Tunisia eyewitness pays emotional tribute to attack victims

Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were saved by a local man who hid them in his home. Credit: Facebook

A man from Weymouth who was caught up in the Tunisian hotel attack has paid an emotional tribute to those who died and those who tried to save them.

20-year-old Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were staying in the holiday resort of Sousse when a gunman opened fire on the beach.

They were saved by a local Tunisian man who hid several tourists in his home.

"Many lives were lost and ruined. My love and deepest sympathy are with those people, together we stand united and won't let terrorism win. Thanks to all the brave locals and emergency services who risked their lives to save others. I am thinking of every single person who lost their lives - and their families. Today my thoughts are with you all."

– Macauley Arnold, eyewitness to the attack in Tunisia

His words come on the day that a minute's silence was observed at noon around the country, in memory of those lost.

Family of Tunisia victim thank Cornish town for support

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

The family of a man who died trying to save his wife in the attack on a Tunisian hotel have paid tribute to his hometown.

The Cornish town of Bodmin has rallied around the family of 59-year-old Stephen Mellor.

A church service was held earlier this week in tribute to Mr Mellor and in support of his wife Cheryl, who is recovering in hospital after losing her hand in the massacre.

"The sons and family of Stephen Mellor would like to express their thanks for all the support and good wishes they have received from the Bodmin community.

“In this most difficult of times it gives the family great support to know that Stephen was loved by so many in the local area.”

– The Mellor family

A minute's silence was observed across the country at noon today, in memory of those lost in the attack.

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